Obama the Messiah? Try Moses in the Desert: CA Congressmen Enticed With Water Provision

Fish or Families?  The Congress Created Dust bowl….that was the question and the resulting controversy last year in California’s breadbasket.  California’s Central Valley had their water forcibly cut off last year by courts and politicians deaf to the needs of citizens and farmers.  Now mysteriously, two votes switch on Obama’s healthcare plan and miraculously, water flows in the ravaged desert.

DEAL WATCH: Code Red Moves Cardoza and Costa to “Yes” Votes on Gov’t Healthcare Takeover After Water Deal

As a vote approaches on Obama and Pelosi’s government takeover of healthcare, Code Red is now considering two supposedly “undecided” California Democrats, Dennis Cardoza and Jim Costa, to now be “yes” votes.

The U.S. Department of Interior announced yesterday that it is increasing water allocations for the Central Valley of California, a region that depends on these water allocations to support local agriculture and jobs. The region has recently been starved for water and as a result unemployment has soared.  Not surprisingly, Cardoza and Costa had a hand in the announcement:

“Typically, Reclamation would release the March allocation update around March 22nd, but moved up the announcement at the urging of Senators Feinstein and Boxer, and Congressmen Costa and Cardoza.”  —NRCC

With farmers fleeing the state, going bankrupt and with the unemployment rate in farming communities as high as 41 %, I have one question.  If this was possible, why did the dems hold out earlier?

Last year when people were suffering and losing their jobs, rallies were held, letters were written, congressmen called…. EVERY  effort was made to help those farmers, and every door closed firmly in their faces.

Now I’m grateful to see water finally flowing to the farmers, but honestly, I have to ask— What has changed?  Why is water being made available now?  Why this news after more than a year of suffering?  Why this announcement now, within minutes of two key democrats switching their votes on healthcare?  Was corruption the key?

Is democracy the price for water?

–Beetle Blogger



Sean Hannity’s “Fish or Families?” Update: The Valley Hope Forgot

No Water=No Jobs: March on Sacramento

July 1— Rally For Water! Stop the Congress Created Dust Bowl

California Courts Feeding Farmers to the Fish!

Dead and Dying–California’s Central Valley Dust Bowl

Those who want to know the latest outrage on the Central Valley water front, check this story from the American Spectator:

Emptying Reservoirs in the Middle of a Drought


ANYONE DOUBTING THAT OUR nation’s environmental and economic policies can get seriously out of whack from time to time need only look to the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. Located in California’s Central Valley, between the state’s capital city and Stockton, it is where the American, Mokelumne, Cosumnes, and Calaveras Rivers flow into the larger Sacramento and San Joaquin. It is also where the saddest agricultural saga since the Depression-era Dust Bowl is now playing, as the waters from those rivers flow beneath San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and out to sea. As they flow unimpeded to the Pacific, those waters are also washing out to sea the livelihoods of tens of thousands of farm workers and agricultural business owners. It is an economic as well as human tragedy.


Sean Hannity’s “Fish or Families?” Update: The Valley Hope Forgot


California Farmers: Put US on the Endangered Species List

Fish or families? The farms that supply much of America’s produce are quickly becoming extinct.

I’ve personally traveled I-5 through the heart of the “Congress-created Dust Bowl” and seen the devastation.  With nearly every avenue for relief exhausted, the situation has only gotten worse and farmers are desperate.

Sitting among acres of dead almond orchards, comedian Paul Rodriquez and Congressman Devin Nunes were interviewed by Sean Hannity as they rallied with thousands of local farmers this week to protest the man made drought and bring public attention to their plight.

“An area the size of Rhode Island is now completely dead.  We provide vegetables for your table, are you going to get your vegetables from China?  They’re building water projects in Brazil and Iraq, but here they’re shutting our water projects down.  Why can’t we have the same consideration for our people?”

Earlier this summer, environmentalists had vital water pumps shut down to 2/3 of California’s farmland to “protect” minnow fish.  Killing orchards and drying up fields, politicians in Sacramento and Washington have refused to hear the plight of California farmers and instead have continued this man-made drought, leaving farmers with no water for their farms.  With 10% statewide unemployment, these areas have STILL seen no relief and are now at more than 40% unemployment.

Obama’s policy is said to be responsible for starving and taking away water from the farming community.  Where is Obama? With billions in the stimulus bill, why have these farmer’s concerns gone unanswered?

“This to me, is the part that is most immoral thing about all of this. We really are in the bread basket of the world. We feed the world. Our food goes to third world countries and helps people. We are their main staples, we feed everybody here. And yet we have our own standing in food lines?  And the food is coming in crates — crates that say products of China?”  —Inga Barks, Radio Talk Host

If you wonder about the government’s ability to provide healthcare for its citizens, see their callous treatment of these American citizens.  The government can’t even turn water on or feed these hurting people.  American citizens standing in food lines for six and a half hours to receive food in crates marked “China” on them?  This is the breadbasket of the world.  The water is there! turn it on.

—Beetle Blogger

What is the situation on the ground?  Hear the story from the people fighting for the farmers:

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Hear the hurt, the people’s story out of their own mouths:

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No Water=No Jobs: March on Sacramento


Congress Created Dust Bowl Outrage:

Something is terribly wrong.  Businesses are leaving California.  Productive citizens and their businesses are fleeing to places like Texas and Nevada, with business friendly policies, less regulation and lower taxes.  Meanwhile, California’s unemployment rate skyrockets, our cost of living increases, and our politicians respond by passing even more stringent legislation and higher taxes…even when we vote against it!

On August 28, groups who have never come together before, farmers, ranchers, miners,  loggers, trucking companies, cement makers, builders…productive, hard working people from all political parties, social affiliations and industries will descend on the state capitol in Sacramento.

Our message to the government is clear and simple; we don’t need your help, and we don’t need your bailouts. Set us free from burdensome taxes and regulations and get the hell out of our way. We’re the productive people of the state of California, we’re Americans, we’re Tea Party Patriots, and we’ve had just about all we’re going to take from you!!

Mark Meckler
Attorney at Law

Tea Party Patriot
National Coordinator
California Co-Coordinator
Sacramento – Organizer


Sacramento to Kick-off Next Tea Party Rally Event“- Hogue News

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There is no political affiliation associated with the March on Sacramento 8.28.09.

This is the residents of California: business owners AND workers, taxpayers AND consumers, demanding economically sound, environmentally sensible solutions rather than impossible politically-driven regulations.

We won’t be distracted by politicians who attempt to “divide and conquer”…we are resolved to remain united and and strong.

We don’t have to agree on EVERYTHING, but we agree on this.

All other issues aside, we are marching together in Sacramento to protest business-and-job-killing, price-and-tax-raising policies that originate in our Capitol under the guise of “protecting the environment.”

more information at Sac 828 Blog

July 1— Rally For Water! Stop the Congress Created Dust Bowl


Take Action to Stop the Congress Created Dust Bowl

Have you seen the dead orchards down California’s Central Valley?  Have you heard the heartbreak?  Have you seen the signs?  Are you ready to do something about the government’s misuse of California’s water and the havoc it’s wreaking on the farmers and communities of this great state?

Find out more about the potential solution, the Two Gates Water Project.  Learn about the issue!  Have your voice heard.  This issue will affect you whether you’re a farmer, an environmentalist, or just a mom trying to get fresh fruit and vegetables into the family budget.

Come Join Us!  See this from GotWater.org

—Beetle Blogger

Rally for Water

At Fresno City Hall

ON July 1, 2009 the California Latino Water Coalition is planning a rally for water at Fresno City Hall.  Assembling at 11am on P Street between Fresno and Tulare Streets in downtown Fresno.

Where:  P Street between Fresno and Tulare streets in Downtown Fresno

With Delta pumping remaining curtailed because of the Delta smelt court rulings
and a new “biological opinion” under the Endangered Species Act promising
to make things even worse in the valley and state, it’s time to again raise
signs and voices. The California Latino Water Coalition invites you to join farm
workers, farmers, business people, family members, elected officials and other
fellow Californians for a Rally For Water July 1, 2009. With unemployment
and social and economic damage on the increase, this latest National
Marine Fisheries Service ESA protection plan for salmon, steelhead, green sturgeon
and killer whales will hit and harm Central Valley Project and State Water
Project users alike and may well extend the massive CVP water supply and
farm production cutbacks from the West Side to the East Side. All of California
is certain to suffer more!

Angela Vega — (559) 488-3541
Shawn Coburn — (559) 696-7777
Ryan Ferguson — (559) 469-6804
Mario Santoyo — (559) 799-0701

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California Courts Feeding Farmers to the Fish!

Families or Fish? Farmers Fight Man-Made Drought!

Tiny minnows called Smelt that live in the river delta have been found caught in California’s water pumps.  Environmentalists sued.  The court’s solution?  Turn the pumps off!  At the cost of 80,000 jobs in the state, and local unemployment of close to 40% this man-made, court-imposed drought is an outrage. No wonder there are signs up and down the state decrying the congress created dust bowl! Watch the video, the footage is incredible.

—Beetle Blogger

Thanks to commenter George T. for posting this article….I’m reposting here.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House Natural Resources Committee held a full committee hearing today on the “The California Drought: Actions by Federal and State agencies to address impacts on lands, fisheries and water users.” Witnesses, including several members of California’s Congressional delegation, testified that this is a man-made drought, resulting from Endangered Species Act regulations that have diverted much-needed water from California families on the farm to three-inch Delta Smelt fish in the bay. The man-made actions have been devastating to California’s San Joaquin Valley where it is estimated that this year alone up to 35,000 jobs will be lost and 300,000 acres of farm land won’t be used because water has been diverted.

Ranking Member Doc Hastings (WA-04) explained, “Communities dependent on irrigated agriculture are now approaching 40% unemployment as they watched over 83 billion gallons of water – which was water normally dedicated to the fields — go out to the ocean in the last month alone. It’s important to protect lands and endangered fish, but our government’s environmental policies shouldn’t make our communities endangered in the process.”

Republicans have offered numerous solutions to provide necessary relief to families, farmers and businesses in California’s San Joaquin Valley who are struggling to survive in the midst of a man-made drought. Solutions include passing legislation (specifically H.R. 996 and H.R. 856) to suspend the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act during times of drought emergency to ensure that the Delta pumps operate at historic capacity, encouraging the Administration to take steps to allow for water transfers and temporary barriers to keep smelt away from the pumps, and offering new water storage as a longer-term proposal to help the State in alternating times of drought and floods.

Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-21) warned, “This Congress has stood silent for nearly two years as San Joaquin Valley residents have been starved of water. Democrat leaders need to stop hiding behind the courts and bowing down to special interests. If they do not act within the next 30 days, it’s over. We will witness the collapse of modern civilization in the San Joaquin Valley.

Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-44) testified that there is no proof that diverting water to the ocean will actually benefit the Delta Smelt fish. “If this Committee is going to continue to give federal agencies the authority to take actions that kill jobs and harm our economy for the benefits of species, then the American people deserve clear and undeniable evidence that those actions are in fact benefiting the species.”

Congressman George Radanovich (CA-19) noted that “the draconian regulations that turn simple fish into the worshipful gods of the environmental community and ignore the inalienable rights of people have led us to conclude that Government does not work for us any more–we need the Government to protect the safety and happiness of people, not fish.”

Congressman Wally Herger (CA-02) stressed the need for “a sustainable, balanced and comprehensive solution to this water situation that will allow us to equitably meet the needs of all water users, human and otherwise. Continuing down the same path we have been on for decades is not acceptable.”

Additionally, 17 members of the California Congressional delegation today sent… letter to Committee Chairman Nick Rahall and Ranking Member Hastings, requesting field hearings on the California drought in order to get “the Committee to step outside the Washington beltway and hear firsthand accounts from citizens throughout California impacted by the drought.”